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Sunday, October 19 2003

Click for profile.John E. Dropcho, Sr., Nanty Glo history advocate

I would like to dedicate this Sunday Post to the memory of John Dropcho, Sr., age 95, of Nanty Glo, who passed away on October 15, 2003, at a rest home in Indiana, Pa. I offer my sincerest condolences to his family. Mr. Dropcho was perhaps the first person to endorse the establishment of the Nant-Y-Glo Tri-Area Museum and Historical Society (NTAMHS). With the support of Bill Martin, Nanty Glo Journal editor, and Jon Kennedy, creator of this Home Page, Mr. Dropcho issued the call to preserve and highlight the town's history. I myself have been a strong advocate for writing and documenting Nanty Glo's past with my numerous posts on the Home Page, and presently as a writer of the Sunday Post column.

Mr. Dropcho's request that a historical society be founded to emphasize and showcase the town's significant role in Southwestern Pennsylvania's mining industry is summarized in the Home Page's NTAMHS call for a Nanty Glo historical society and museum.

I have known the Dropcho family all my life. His wife, Ann (Bezek), passed away in 1996 and lived into her late eighties. Of three sons reared in the family, the oldest, John, Jr., a 1950 NGHS graduate, is a retired art instructor from Indiana State University and a noted painter of modern art whose displays have been frequently exhibited in leading art galleries. He is also one of the founding members of Nanty Glo's Historical Society, and the creator of their logo and the CD, "Life in the Valley." The second son, Bernard, is a retired mechanical engineer now residing in Florida. The youngest, James, spent many years living in California. Later, he returned home to Nanty Glo to join his parents, but unfortunately passed away at age 56, shortly after his mother's demise.

The obituary of John Sr. states nothing about his becoming an accomplished golfer in his later years, and recording several holes-in-one at the Vintondale Golf Course.

On the Life in the Valley CD, page 6 of 9 of the Daily Life/Milestones is the 1930 wedding picture of John E. Dropcho Sr., and his wife, Ann, reproduced below. Thoughout his life, he was always a good-looking man as seen in his wedding picture. His family and friends must certainly be grateful that they had him for 95 years. We are indebted to him for his call to action that a Nanty Glo historical society be organized to preserve the town's history.

— Frank Charney 

Fun facts (or "facts," so it says, but take with a grain)

11,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321

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Thought for today

I AM THANKFUL

FOR ALL THE COMPLAINING I HEAR ABOUT THE GOVERNMENT,
BECAUSE IT MEANS THAT WE HAVE FREEDOM OF SPEECH.

— Sent by Alice Prewett 

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